FUNCTIONAL FOOD: l e m o n s

lemons

Besides their exhilarating flavor and vibrant color, lemons are nature’s “sugar craving antidote.” Next time you reach for that sugar “pick me up,” simply spritz some lemon juice into a glass of water and you will be thrilled by the outcome.

4 other benefits to consuming lemon water include:

IMPROVES DIGESTION:

Lemon juice kickstarts digestion as soon as the body senses the acidity of it on the tastebuds. This can help to not only absorb vitamins and minerals but it can also relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, belching and bloating.

RIDS TOXINS:

Lemon juice also acts as a diuretic in the body, helping to flush out unwanted toxins as increases the rate of urination and enhances enzyme function which is important for the liver’s natural detoxification process.

OPTIMIZES pH LEVELS:

Disease is bread in an acidic state. Therefore it is important to continually alkalinize the body with the food we eat. Although lemons are acidic, they actually increase the alkalinity of our bodies by prompting the body to secrete basic compounds to promote alkalinity.

BOOSTS METABOLISM:

All metabolic reactions in the body depend upon water and optimized enzyme activity. By supplying the body with lemon-spritzed water throughout the day, will promote the metabolic response we crave as we eat. Not to mention, it will be much easier to make better choices throughout the rest of the day if thirst and sugar cravings are not as big of a driving factor.

What is one creative way that YOU enjoy lemons?

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